For most teams, when the starting quarterback goes down with an injury, it's devastating.
But when the team is Farmingdale and you have Curtis Jenkins in the backfield and a formidable backup in Mike Scheuerer, you can do more than just survive. You can dominate.
Jenkins took snaps both at quarterback and running back and scored three total touchdowns with 173 rushing yards on 19 carries, and Scheuerer completed 9 of 10 passes and had a hand in two TDs as Farmingdale traveled to rival Massapequa and scored 33 unanswered points in a 33-8 win to take sole possession of first place in Nassau Conference I.
"We talk all the time about being there for each other and we make a big deal out of it as most coaches do," Farmingdale coach Buddy Krumenacker said. "But you never know if you've made a big enough deal out of it until it really happens, and today [Scheuerer] stepped up. With Curtis, what you see is what you get. He's a gamebreaker."
After Massapequa (3-1) took an 8-0 lead, Farmingdale starting quarterback Vinny Quinn was injured on the Dalers' opening drive when he took a hard hit after a 7-yard gain. Scheuerer, a junior, replaced Quinn with Jenkins also lining up at quarterback throughout the rest of the game.
Jenkins single-handedly brought Farmingdale (4-0) within two near the end of the first quarter. Running from the QB position, Jenkins accounted for all 71 yards on a three-play drive, capped by a 29-yard TD run when he took a snap in the shotgun, faked a pass and ran up the middle for the score. A failed two-point conversion kept Massapequa ahead 8-6.
Farmingdale went ahead 12-8 with 4:13 left in the third quarter on another flashy display by Jenkins. On third-and-6 from Massapequa's 43-yard line, Jenkins caught a screen from Scheuerer on the right side, stepped back to avoid two tacklers, then ducked through the defense while weaving his way toward the sideline before sprinting to the end zone.
"We definitely ," Jenkins said. "Our quarterback, all the nerves were gone, we started playing confident, our line was blocking and everything was clicking."
Scheuerer scored on a 15-yard TD run on Farmingdale's next possession for some breathing room. Scheuerer dropped back as if to pass but tucked the ball to run instead. After a thunderous block by Kevin Vandermark opened a hole up the middle, Scheuerer ran in for the score to make it 19-8 after Zach Kolodny's extra point with 48 seconds left in the third.
"It feels great, but Vinny is a good friend of mine, so I'm hoping for a speedy recovery, and this is still his team," Scheuerer said. "I have to thank all the seniors in the locker room for picking me up, and Jenkins with that long TD on the screen pass really boosted my confidence."
Jenkins and Joe Lee added TDs in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
"This is a big statement," Jenkins said. "Especially with the rivalry, the top two seeds, it's big."